Holcim, a leading global producer of cement, ready-mix concrete, and other building materials, announced recently that it planned to acquire Malarkey Building Products.

Gains for reactive products will be supported by solid growth in construction activity and motor vehicle production, markets where the superior performance properties of reactive products are preferred and sealing is becoming more important.

Leading adhesives and sealants producers are increasing their focus on developing products that will reduce the carbon footprint of their own production activities as well as those of their end users.

While asphalt shingles will continue to account for the largest share of US roofing demand through 2025, a new Freedonia Group analysis projects that metal products – particularly standing seam metal roofing – will post above average demand growth.

Expanding manufacturing output will fuel sales gains across a number of major markets in the region, boosting adhesives and sealants use in packaging, tapes and labels, motor vehicles, electronics, and footwear, among other applications.

A new Freedonia Group analysis projects demand for spice, dry mix, and extract packaging to grow 2.4% annually to $1.1 billion in 2025 from a high base in 2020.

Functionality, sustainability, and shelf appeal will continue to be key factors in the choice of packaging in this market.

Though iron ore prices have fallen below pre-pandemic highs, steel prices remain elevated and shipping costs and port delays continue to disrupt distribution.

Our analysis forecasts global demand for industrial valves to increase 4.9% per year to $103 billion in 2025, boosted by rising demand for more expensive valves with incorporated sensors.

With market maturity hindering faster growth in the US, Western Europe, and other affluent countries, the best growth opportunities in the $2.6 billion global chainsaw market will continue to be found in developing countries.